Born underneath the sky-scraping mountains in Denver and raised in the rolling hills of Iowa, Richard understands what drives a community forward. A student of the public school system, education during and after school was and is a top priority.
Growing up, Richard’s family worked to instill the values of faith, family, and community. They encouraged his work with his youth group, his volunteering, and his community involvement.
That included a run in the 2002 campaign for mayor of Mason City, Iowa. The special election had ten candidates where Richard ran a robust campaign of ideas talking about the local economy; an economy for the 21st Century. He placed third out of ten and declared the campaign a success.
Throughout his life, Richard has been passionate about building the strongest families and communities possible. That has included working with the Mason City Youth Task Force, Habitat for Humanity, and The Trevor Project.
He has spent years consulting non-profits and Fortune 500 companies that have included the United States Tennis Association, Kia Motors America, PepsiCo, Green Mountain Coffee, and Merck.
Richard believes in a fairness economy — one that works for all. That means a fair tax policy for individuals and businesses. That means an energy policy that provides energy for today while forecasting our needs for the future. That means allowing committed couples the legal rights afforded to legal marriage.
Now at 30, Richard is pushing for a change in politics. Richard’s goal is to inform all citizens about the facts; without politics. He is a 2005 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and has written two books, Running From Yourself and Anything is Possible.